We will persist with ceasefire, says PM
An impromptu and provocative parliamentary
intervention by a Shiv Sena member today provided the Prime
Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, an opportunity in the Rajya
Sabha to assert that ``there is no going back on the ceasefire''
offer in Jammu and Kashmir.
Steps to protect truckers
Following the killing of five truck drivers on
the Srinagar-Jammu national highway on Tuesday, a high-level team
of the Union Home Ministry arrived in Jammu today to discuss the
security situation with the State Government.
Karnataka seeks NSG help to nab Veerappan
The Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr. S. M.
Krishna, today said the State would request the Centre to deploy
NSG commandos to help the Special Task Force capture the brigand
Advani assurance to T.N.
The Centre would provide the Tamil Nadu
Government all assistance, in terms of manpower and equipment, to
nab the brigand Veerappan, the Union Home Minister, Mr. L. K.
Advani, assured a delegation from the State here today.
BJP confident of new stand on Kashmir
The new face of the Bharatiya Janata Party as
a peace messiah in Kashmir is difficult for its cadre to swallow,
but party leaders are confident they will be able to explain the
``reality on the ground.''
Liberhan panel summons Advani, Rao
The Liberhan Commission of Inquiry probing the
conspiracy angle into the demolition of the disputed structure in
Ayodhya today ordered issue of summons to the former Prime
Minister, Mr. P.V. Narasimha Rao and Union Ministers, Mr. L.K.
Advani and Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi to adduce evidence as witness.
Battle goes to the U.S. Supreme Court
The Bush campaign has appealed to the United
States Supreme Court to bar the use of manually counted votes in
the U.S. presidential election in Florida. The lawyers for the
Texas Governor, Mr. George W. Bush, filed appeals seeking an
Azhar denies fixing matches
The former captain of the Indian cricket
team, Mohammad Azharuddin, has denied that he ever indulged in
match-fixing or had underworld links, according to the website,
Sanctions unwarranted, says Pakistan
Pakistan has dubbed the latest U.S. sanctions
over alleged missile technology transfer from China ``unjustified
and unwarranted'' even as political parties have said that the
sanctions are a reflection of the failure of the military
government on the diplomatic front.
Russia hails ceasefire
Russia has strongly backed India's unilateral
ceasefire in Kashmir. In a statement issued on Wednesday night,
the Russian Foreign Ministry welcomed the ceasefire as a move
facilitating the resumption of dialogue between India and
Pakistan on Kashmir.